The current security context around Czech Republic has led the nation to increase its defence by 12 per cent in 2018 compared to previous years. With a focus on collective defence and enhancing fire support to meet NATO requirements, the country has initiated a few modernisation and acquisition programmes. In this exclusive article compiled ahead of Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe, take a deep dive into Czech Republic’s artillery capabilities through to 2030.
The rapidly changing environment combined with future potential threats are pushing militaries in Eastern Europe to instigate modernisation and procurement programmes on their indirect fires capabilities.
Ahead of Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe, we compiled the region’s procurement and modernisation programmes on a map, where information is provided on:
- Czech Republic’s plans to invest USD 4.5 billion on a military modernisation programme, including a new 120mm mortar system and 50 self-propelled howitzers
- Slovenia’s increase in defence spending year-on-year to enhance its capabilities in line with NATO standards
- Ukraine’s goal to spend 5% of its GDP on its defence and security sector, in areas such as weaponry, ammunition and air defence capabilities
Not so long ago, we had the opportunity to ask experts from both the mortars and artillery communities to give us their insight on the overall state of the market, their challenges and need for improvements. This report shows where the two communities meet and split on the threats they are facing, where and how they see their future and what challenges they encounter when in need of improvements.
Countering your adversary's multi-domain capabilities: the role of indirect fires in the current threat context
In an increasingly tense global context, land forces must prepare for the next conflict and it is time to determine what will be relevant on the battlespace and what will not, as recent events showed the true power of the adversaries’ capabilities. As a key element of land forces and essential in adversary’s A2/AD capability scenario, what new challenges are emerging? We had the exclusive opportunity to interview Lieutenant Colonel Arbo Probal, Commander of the Artillery Battalion of the Estonian Defence Forces, on the role of indirect fires on the battlefield, interoperability and the current threat context.